I met this wonderful family for the first time last week. Beth's husband noticed that they had something in common with me right away -- Beth is from Iowa and our family lived in Iowa for three years. I laugh when I meet people from Iowa in South Carolina because we always wonder, "why did we move to Iowa?" No, seriously, Iowa is a pretty cool place to live despite the awful winters (-3 degrees). Truth be told, we met one of close family friends in Iowa -- the Krabers. Beth was bubbly and dressed for the part. Her family came picture ready. She reminded me of myself when made a comment about her nails. LOL. Her children were so fun and energetic. When you look through her session, look for her beautiful daughter that will remind you of the 1991 movie--Curly Sue. I have never seen natural curls so beautiful in my life. It was a pleasure being hired as their photographer and I truly had fun with them.
My husband and I met Lauren and De'Rail at a wedding we went to in July 2017. A month later, I received a telephone call from Lauren asking me to take her engagement pictures. We planned the location and date weeks in advance. However, similar to the wedding we went to in July, the chosen day was forecasted to be a rainy day. The morning of her session, I called every indoor location in Spartanburg and Greenville asking if I could use them as a back up location. Nonetheless, no one had any availability due to "wedding season." October 7, 2017 was a very popular day to unite as one before God. I prayed and prayed. I got a clear umbrella in case it rained. I said to myself, "they will dance in the rain" if it starts raining during their session. Luckily, it was the perfect day for pictures. Not a single rain drop. Sometimes we assume the worse and panic, but Lord knows, if we do what we do without panicking, we can accomplish great things. So if it rains on their wedding day, my advice to Lauren and De'Rail will be, "maybe in your mind, rain on your wedding day is the worst thing that can happen. A sign, if you will, that you have really bad luck. But, says Samuels, in some cultures, rain on your wedding day is considered good luck, symbolizing fertility and cleansing. And maybe ... just maybe ... you will see a rainbow." During our session, Lauren and De'Rail danced to Ed Shereen "Think Outloud". Watching her smile as he held her, twirled her, kissed her was breathtaking. As Ed says in the song:
So, honey, now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Place your head on my beating heart
I'm thinking out loud
Maybe we found love right where we are
I believe Lauren and De'rail found love. Good luck Lauren & De'Rail on your lovely fairytale.
Soon to be Mr. and Mrs. Sims.
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